Narnaul is a city, a municipal council and headquarter of Mahendragarh
district in the Indian state of Haryana
. It is one of the very few districts in India
with the name of the district different from the name of the main town in the district.It has an average elevation of 298 meters (977 feet).
Major tourist attractions in this town include:
The Jal Mahal is a building which is surrounded on all sides by water. It was built by Shah Quli Khan, an officer of Akbar and the ruler of Narnaul, in 1591. It represents a synthesis of Persian and Indian architecture and stands at the center of a large water tank, which is now dry. The approach through the water tank was via a causeway from the north, which opens through an arched entrance. The main building is surrounded by four minarets which have stairways leading right to the top.
: Dhosi Hill is an important site located 5 Kilo Metres from Narnaul. Apart from being an extinct volcano and the Ashram of revered Vedic period Chayvan Rishi, for whome the herbal preparation of 'Chayvanprash' was prepared on the hill, it has a beautiful water reservoir on the hill crater.
Tomb of Pir Turkman
: A tomb-cum-mosque complex, it belongs to a Muslim saint called Hazarat Turkman who settled in Narnaul during the 12th century, much to the dislike of local Rathore chiefs.
Tomb of Ibrahim Khan Sur
: This tomb is a tribute by Sher Shah Suri,the ruler of Bengal and later India, for his grandfather Ibrahim.
The Chor Gumbad is affectionately called the `signboard’ of the town. It is built separately from the other buildings in the town, standing upon a large rock located in the north of the town. The Gumbad is a well planned square building with a large chamber within and four minarets outside at each corner. Constructed by the Afghan Jamal Khan (as his tomb) during the reign of Feroz Shah Tughlaq, it became a hideout for robbers and thieves, thus earning its name (Chor means thief). The Chor Gumbad was recently repaired to ensure the structural stability of the buildings.
: Constructed by Shah Quili Khan in 1589 as the main entrance to a garden, the gate has three sides. The Khan’s octagonal tomb (built in red and grey sandstone) and Islam Quili Khan’s tomb lie within the garden complex, named Aram-i-Kausa by Quili Khan. The gate itself is built from broken down masonry.
Chatta Rai Bal Mukund Das:
The 'Chatta Rai Bal Mukund Das' is a large palace built by Rai Bal Mukund Das, the Diwan (Prime Minister) of Narnaul during Emperor Shah Jahan’s reign.
Mirza Ali Jan’s Baoli
: This water well or Baoli (a sort of pond) was built by Mirza Ali Jan and can be found towards the northwest of Narnaul. The Mirza was the Nawab of Narnaul while Akbar ruled. The Baoli is surrounded by a mass of water called Chhotta Bara Talaab (small and big ponds), and the main structure of the building is shaped like a huge arched gateway carrying a Takht (Throne) with a Chhatri (Umbrella) on top. The decorated Chhatri is supported by eight pillars, with steps leading from the pillars right down to a well.
also known as Bada Talab, Janki Sarovar is situated at Narnaul near Mishrwara Mohalla. It is an old and famous temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva.